You've probably been drinking Kölsch without knowing it. It's not quite as well-known as other beers from Germany, but this gentle, lightly fruity beer is more refreshing than a late-night skinny dip. Kölsch beer is light enough to drink on hot summer days while providing enough flavor to keep you from getting bored with what's in your hand. Oh, and here's how to know if you've been drinking them all along — American beers named after summer are typically brewed in the Kölsch style.
How To Serve It:
You don't need German ancestry to enjoy a chilled bottle or can of Kölsch. It's best served between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit in a fluted glass or hefty stein, depending on your style. Its light body makes it an excellent accompaniment to a light meal, such as a salad or sandwich, but don't be afraid to pop one open after you get done mowing the lawn and need a refreshing way to cool down.
Types of Kölsch to Try:
At one time, Kölsch was brewed only in Köln, Germany, but it's become a fan favorite among craft beer aficionados as well as American brewpub crawlers. If you're looking for the real deal, try a few German varieties:/p>
Although the Germans heavily regulate Kölsch production in Cologne, Americans have created their own versions of this classic German staple. You might want to try a few varieties and compare them to their German brethren, such as the playful Clown Shoes Mango Kölsch, the well-balanced Schlafly Kölsch from Missouri or the malty Elevation 8 Second Kölsch from Colorado.